Health & Wellness Resources for Travel Nurses

Written by Active Blogs on Thursday, August 19, 2021 Posted in Healthy Living

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Nursing is a stressful profession, and travel nursing is even more so. It’s easy to prioritize helping patients and neglect your own needs. Don’t forget to take time to be good to yourself!

Begin by exploring the health and wellness resources available to you. Look into programs at your current facility or consider relying on telehealth for consistent access to a clinician. Travel nurses must be mindful of the many resources available to help them prioritize their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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Check your new facility for wellness programs

Hospitals and healthcare facilities want to keep patients healthy and promote a healthy workplace. To accomplish this, most facilities offer their employees healthcare and wellness resources at reduced or no cost, and these services are typically available to both permanent staff and travel nurses.

When you arrive at a new facility, check with your supervisor or HR department to find out what types of programs they offer and how you can sign up.

Every facility’s program will be different, but many hospitals offer routine tests and screenings, so employees can catch potentially serious health problems early. Mental health resources are also common, including staff counseling to help you process a tough situation. Some facilities even host regular wellness classes or provide health coaches to help you adopt healthier eating patterns, learn stress relief techniques, and much more.

Using all these resources helps you stay healthy, so you can focus on keeping your patients healthy.

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Keep your usual provider using telehealth

It’s not easy staying on top of routine doctor or therapy appointments when you’re in a new place every 13 weeks. Fortunately, telemedicine is making it easier for travelers to stay in touch with providers no matter where they are.

Telehealth appointments are ideal if you need to continue seeing the same provider over the course of many appointments. If you have a chronic health condition, for example, your general practitioner will be familiar with your needs. A telehealth appointment allows you to conduct regular check-ins and inform them of any changes in your condition.

Telemedicine is also great for mental health. You can simply video chat with your therapist to keep up with regularly scheduled sessions. You’ll probably find that consistency in providers delivers better wellness outcomes, and telemedicine makes that possible.

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Discover the many other resources out there

Beyond programs available at your current facility or telehealth resources through your home providers, there are an abundance of programs designed to ensure healthcare professionals get what they need to stay healthy. Websites and blogs can help you find resources in your area or digital resources like discounted wellness apps. If you belong to a nursing association, the organization might also have wellness resources and programs available to members.

Travel nurses need to prioritize their health and wellbeing as much as that of their patients. It’s crucial for nurses to seek out and use the plethora of resources available to them to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well.

Do you have special health considerations? Chat with your Health Providers Choice recruiter to learn more about resources that can help you better manage your condition, so you can continue to deliver the best possible care to your patients. Make your own health a priority! Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.